Never have Aman and his mother needed a friend more than when a Springer Spaniel appears thin and war-ravaged in the mouth of their Afghan cave. Nursed back to health by Aman, the dog becomes a constant companion, a shadow, and that's what Aman decides to call her. But life in Afghanistan becomes more dangerous by the moment. Eventually, Aman, his mother and Shadow find the courage to embark upon the treacherous journey from war-torn Afghanistan to the safely of a relative's home in Manchester, England. But how far can Shadow lead them? And in this terrifying new world, is anywhere really safe...?
Told in the voice of a young soldier, the story follows 24 hours in his life at the front during WW1, and captures his memories as he looks back over his life. Full of stunningly researched detail and engrossing atmosphere, the book leads to a dramatic and moving conclusion. Both a love story and a deeply moving account of the horrors of the First World War, this book will reach everyone from 9 to 90.
A Medal for Leroy
Michael doesnt remember his father, an RAF pilot lost in the war. And his French mother, heartbroken and passionate, doesnt like to talk about her husband. But then Auntie Snowdrop gives Michael a medal, followed by a photograph, which begin to reveal a hidden history. A story of love and loss. A story that will change everything.
Charlie and her little brother, Alex, are walking their dog Manfred on the beach when they notice two old men, staring out to sea. A chance encounter bring them together and slowly Charlie and Alex learn of their mother's past and that friendships can be formed in the most difficult of circumstances.
Joey was the last working horse on the farm, and the apple of Grandpas eye. In War Horse, Joey was sent away from the farm to be a warhorse in WWI. Grandpa had joined the cavalry in order to find, and fight, with Joey. Farm Boy brings us forward fifty years with Grandpa not only telling his grandson, Joeys story but also a shameful secret which he has held for years. The story is set in Iddesleigh in Devon and lovingly evokes the bonds between farm and farmer; grandson and grandfather. The spirit of rural life is superbly captured in both Michael Morpurgos writing and Michael Foremans illustrations. An irresistible title from acclaimed author-illustrator partnership.
An Elephant in the Garden
Germany, 1945. Elizabeth, Karli and their mother are in Dresden when the Allied bombs begin to fall. Their homes destroyed, they must flee the ruined city through the perilous, snow-covered landscape, all the white avoiding the Russian troops who are drawing ever closer. It would be hard enough to do, without an elephant to look after...
Alone on a Wide Wide Sea
There were dozens of us on the ship, all up on deck for the leaving of Liverpool, gulls wheeling and crying over our heads, calling good-bye That is all I remember of England. When six-year-old orphan Arthur Hobhouse is shipped to Australia after WWII he loses his sister, his country and everything he knows. Overcoming enormous hardships with fellow orphan Marty, Arthur is finally saved by the extraordinary people he meets and by his talent for boat-design and sailing. Now he has built a special boat for his daughter Allie a solo yacht designed to carry her to England in search of his long-lost sister. Will the threads of Arthur's life finally come together? I was there on the quayside to see Allie take her out for the first time, saw her dancing through the waves, and I knew I'd never built a finer boat.
For Will and his mother, going to Indonesia isn't just a holiday. It's an escape, a new start, a chance to put things behind them - things like the death of Will's father. And to begin with, it seems to be just what they both needed. But then Oona, the elephant Will is riding on the beach, begins acting strangely, shying away from the sea. And that's when the tsunami comes crashing in, and Oona begins to run. Except that when the tsunami is gone, Oona just keeps on running. With nothing on his back but a shirt and nothing to sustain him but a bottle of water, Will must learn to survive deep in the jungle. Luckily, though, he's not completely alone He's got Oona.
Born to Run
"The sack wasn't just drifting gently along like everything else, it was turning of its own accord. There was definitely something inside it, struggling against the side of the plastic bag, kicking at it, squeaking and squealing in terror. He had no idea what it might be, only that it was alive and in danger of drowning. When Patrick saves a litter of greyhound puppies from the canal, he cant bear to hand them all over to the RSPCA. He pleads with his parents: couldnt he just keep one of them? But nothing will convince them and Patrick cries himself to sleep only to be woken by a greyhound puppy licking his face! Patrick christens his puppy Best Mate, and thats what he becomes. Patricks favourite thing is to watch Best Mate running at full stretch on the heath, a speeding bullet, a cheetah-dog. Until one day Best Mate is kidnapped by a greyhound trainer, and begins a new life as a champion race dog. Suzie, the greyhound trainers step-daughter, loves Best Mate on first sight and gives him a new name, Bright Eyes. But what will happen when he cant run any more?
The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips
"Something's up. Something big too, very big. At school, in the village, whoever you meet, it's all anyone talks about. It's like a sudden curse has come down on us all. It makes me wonder if we'll ever see the sun again." It's 1943, and Lily Tregenze lives on a farm, in the idyllic seaside village of Slapton. Apart from her father being away, and the 'townie' evacuees at school, her life is scarcely touched by the war. Until one day, Lily and her family, along with 3000 other villagers, are told to move out of their homes lock, stock and barrel. Soon, the whole area is out of bounds, as the Allied forces practise their landings for D-day, preparing to invade France. But Tips, Lily's adored cat, has other ideas barbed wire and keep-out signs mean nothing to her, nor does the danger of guns and bombs. Frantic to find her, Lily makes friends with two young American soldiers, who promise to help her. But will she ever see her cat again? Lily decides to cross the wire into the danger zone to look for Tips herself Now, many years later, as Michael is reading his Grandma Lily's diary, he learns about The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips and wonders how one adventurous cat could still affect their lives sixty years later.
Kensukes Kingdom is a true childrens classic by Michael Morpurgo, the creator of War Horse. I heard the wind above me in the sails. I remember thinking, this is silly, you havent got your safety harness on, you havent got your lifejacket on. You shouldnt be doing this . . . I was in the cold of the sea before I could even open my mouth to scream. Washed up on an island in the Pacific, Michael struggles to survive on his own. With no food and no water, he curls up to die. When he wakes, there is a plate beside him of fish, of fruit, and a bowl of fresh water. He is not alone . . .
In the deadly chaos of the First World War, one horse witnesses the reality of battle from both sides of the trenches. Bombarded by artillery, with bullets knocking riders from his back, Joey tells a powerful story of the truest friendships surviving in terrible times. The bedlam of battle had begun. All around me men cried and fell to the ground, and horses reared and screamed in an agony of fear and pain. The shells whined and roared overhead, and every explosion seemed like an earthquake to us. One horse has the seen the best and the worst of humanity. The power of war and the beauty of peace. This is his story.
Why the Whales Came
Gracie and her friend Daniel have always been warned to stay away from the Birdman and his side of the island. But then they find a message in the sand and discover the Birdman is not who they thought. They build up a lovely friendship with him, but when the children get stranded on Samson Island they dont know whether to believe the birdmans story that the island is cursed. Set on a remote island against the backdrop of World War I this story will captivate and delight young readers.
Escape from Shangri-La
Popsicle had come out of nowhere, out of the blue, to be my grandfather; and nothing and no one would or could ever be the same again. Cessie is determined to help Popsicle remember his past. But how cans he help when he only remembers in glimpses? A tin of condensed milk, a lifeboat, a women named Lucie Alice, and a devastating night on the beaches of Dunkirk during World War II . . .
The Wreck of the Zanzibar
"We all knew what was going to happen. Wed seen it before. A ship about to founder staggers before she falls. A huge wave broke over her stern and she did not come upright again. Life on the Scilly Isles in 1907 is bleak and full of hardship. Lauras twin brother, Billy, disappears, and then a storm devastates everything. It seems theres little hope. But then the Zanzibar is wrecked on the islands rocks, and everything changes . .
King of the Cloud Forests
When Japan invades China, Ashley and Uncle Sung are forced to flee. It is a perilous journey across the Himalayas, and they struggle to survive. Then Ashley is captured. Who are these strange creatures that revere him as their king?
Mr Nobody's Eyes
Harry heard the key turn in the lock. He had already made up his mind to run. Harry is in trouble at school, and he doesn't like his stepfather or the new baby. Then he befriends Ocky, a chimpanzee from the circus. Ocky's owner won't mind if Harry borrows her for a bit, will he? But then Harry's stepfather and the police find out. Harry and the chimp are soon on the run!
The War of Jenkins' Eyes
'And Jenkins, don't cross over. Village fishing on the other side. They stay their side, we stay ours.' Toby Jenkins doesn't like boarding school - he gets called Jinks and think he'll never fit in. But then he meets Christopher who claims to have special powers. When the village 'oiks' start a war with the school 'toffs', Toby is caught in the middle. Can Christopher provide the miracle that Toby needs?
My Friend Walter
My Friend Walter is a charming and hilarious story of friendship between different eras from Britains best-loved childrens author, Michael Morpurgo. Living with a ghost can have its difficulties, I discovered, even if he is your friend. Remember Sir Walter Raleigh, who laid his cloak in a puddle so that Queen Elizabeth I could walk across? Well, Bess meets his ghost and finds out hes an ancestor! How will Bess explain Sir Walter to her family? Especially when he breaks her brothers fishing rod, steals a horse and smokes cigars in her room!
Friend or Foe
Evacuated from London, David and Tucky feel like the war is a long way away from their new life in the countryside. Then one night the skyline of the moor is lit up with gun flashes, and the distant crump of bombing miles away brings the war back to them and shatters their new-found peace. When a German bomber crashes, the boys feel they should hate the airmen inside. But one of them saves David's life . . . Friend or Foe is one of the most popular war stories for children today.
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